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US White House grounds on lock down after nearby shooting

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 5:13 PM
A Secret Service Police Officer stands outside of the guard entrance on 17th St Northwest near the White House in Washington after the White House was placed on a security alert following a shooting on a nearby street.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House grounds were on lock down today after a uniformed Secret Service officer shot an armed person on a street outside the president's residence, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.

The White House was placed on a security alert after the shooting on Friday afternoon.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorisation to release the information, said the person approached the Secret Service officer and drew a weapon, and then the officer opened fire.

U.S. Park Police said on Twitter that the shooting happened on West Executive Drive.

A spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, Doug Buchanan, said one patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m.

President Barack Obama was not there — he was playing golf — but Vice President Joe Biden was in the White House complex at the time and was secured during the lockdown, his office said.